Happy Day Cafe opened its second location on Kingsway just about two months ago. Like their Richmond location, Happy Day Cafe on Kingsway serves Hong Kong style fast food. I had passed by them a few times during the last while and was interested in giving this new location a try. Earlier this month on a weekend, my family and I went to Happy Day Cafe for lunch.
Happy Day Cafe Menu
Happy Day Cafe is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and their menu is extensive. Breakfast is every day from 7:30 am – 11:30 am and they have various breakfast sets like oatmeal with toast, shredded ham with macaroni in soup and more. Lunch menu is available from 11:30 am to 5:30 pm and 9:00 pm to close. For lunch, there are many soup, salad, sandwich, rice and noodle combos. Dinner service is from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm and features specialty dishes (beef, chicken, pork, seafood and more) as well as hot pot options. Happy Day Cafe also offers a fish noodle soup for $9.95 where you choose a soup base, two toppings, noodle and a hot drink. They accept cash only. Below are scanned images I made of their takeout menu.
Clean & Modern
Happy Day Cafe’s Kingsway location is bright, modern and spacious. There are booths, two-person dining tables, counter seating, and large round tables for bigger groups. The interior also features exposed brick walls and small potted plants as accents.
I’m going to start off by saying the service was very disappointing and that they seemed to be understaffed. It was a busy weekend morning with a crowd of people waiting in the front area of the restaurant. We waited about 15 minutes for a table to be open and when we were seated we had the misfortune of being seated at a table that was behind the crowd waiting. We struggled to get attention from the servers because our table wasn’t really visible due to people standing around us. I had to get up from my table just to flag down a server to take our order. In general, I found the service to be just bare minimal and not really friendly. When it came time to pay, I went up to the front.
What We Tried
While service wasn’t stellar, I was hoping for the food to fare better but that wasn’t the case. We had a signature baked pork chop on rice combo ($9.75) with a cold milk tea ($+1.00) which wasn’t all that impressive. I’ve had better elsewhere namely i-Cafe on West Broadway. The tomatoey sauce needed more flavour but the fried pork chops were tasty.
The second combo we had was the curry beef brisk on rice ($9.50) also with a cold milk tea (+$1.00). It was a somewhat sad looking dish with the rice separated from the curry and beef brisket. Congee Noodle King across the street does a better job on this dish with the rice under the curry and beef but costing $2.00 more. It’s well worth the extra price as the portions are bigger, the curry flavour is better, the meat is more melt-in-your-mouth and so forth. Happy Day Cafe’s version just doesn’t quite satisfy.
My meal at Happy Day Cafe was disappointing on both the service and food. Service was rushed and inattentive. As for the food, there are just so many more better options out there including Congee Noodle King which is across the street. Their menu is budget-friendly but you pay for what you get. And that isn’t worth it in my opinion based on this experience. Rating: 2/5